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Greg Olsen | Tight End | #88

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 255
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (31) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Panthers signed Greg Olsen to a two-year, $17.1 million extension through 2020.
The deal reportedly can be worth $20.1 million with incentives. Olsen was scheduled to be a free agent after this year and was even linked with some TV jobs, but now he is under contract through his age-35 season. Olsen played just seven games last year because of a foot injury and was never the same after he returned. He says he is completely healed now, however, and should remain one of the top options in Carolina's passing attack. Apr 26 - 11:10 AM

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Greg Olsen said his injured foot is completely healed.

Olsen never looked completely healthy after coming back from a fractured foot late last season. However the injury didn't require any additional surgery and it looks like the tight end will be a full go for OTAs. The 33-year-old also said he's hoping to hammer out a contract extension with Carolina before Week 1. 2017 snapped Olsen's streak of three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
Apr 17 - 2:49 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed Greg Olsen (foot) does not need a second surgery.

A second operation is common with Jones fractures, but Olsen appears to be in the clear. Rivera said the tight end has been running and doing bike work. Olsen struggled to consistently produce after returning last season, but he did flash for two big games including an 8/107/1 line in the playoffs. Assuming he is healthy, Olsen should be a solid TE1 in 2018.
Mar 27 - 8:22 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Greg Olsen is "committed" to playing football for the Panthers in 2018.

Olsen spent Friday auditioning to become an ESPN analyst, but RapSheet insists Olsen is only doing so in preparation for "life after football," which might come in 2019 but reportedly won't this year. Losing Olsen would have been devastating for a Panthers passing game that is short on proven weaponry beyond Devin Funchess. Carolina needs to add more pass-catching help in the draft.
Mar 16 - 2:27 PM

The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reports Greg Olsen is auditioning Friday to be an analyst on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast.

It would leave the Panthers in a bind at tight end, but they had to know this day is at least coming soon. Olsen turned 33 earlier this week and is coming off an injury-marred 2017 due to a broken foot. Olsen already has experience in the broadcast booth after working for FOX during the Panthers' bye week last season. The Panthers have flirted with free agent TE Eric Ebron.
Mar 16 - 11:07 AM

ESPN's David Newton expects the Panthers to select a tight end in the draft.

Greg Olsen was limited to seven games last season because of a foot injury, but it was the first time he failed to play all 16 since his rookie season in 2007. That said, he is 33 (in March) and entering the final year of his deal. If the Panthers are wary of signing him to a big, long-term extension, they could look to bring in a rookie this year in preparation for Olsen leaving in 2019. Even if Olsen sticks around, finding a developmental option for the No. 2 role makes sense, especially with Ed Dickson headed to free agency.
Source: ESPN
Feb 26 - 9:56 AM

Greg Olsen (foot) doesn’t need offseason surgery.

Olsen had multiple setbacks during the 2017 season but won’t require any follow-up procedures. He should be fully healthy for the start of OTAs. Entering a contract year, the Panthers may look to extend Olsen before training camp.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 9:31 AM

Greg Olsen hauled in 8-of-12 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Wild Card loss to the Saints.

Even playing on a bum foot, Olsen did all he could in this game, leading the team in receiving and starting the comeback with a 14-yard score in the fourth quarter. That aforementioned foot is, unfortunately, the story of his season as it cost Olsen nine games and limited him even after he returned. Including this performance, he showed signs of being the same weapon down the stretch, however, and the Panthers will likely look at extending him this offseason -- 2018 is currently scheduled to be his contract year.
Jan 7 - 8:42 PM

Greg Olsen managed just one catch for 10 yards on nine targets Sunday in the Panthers' Week 17 loss to the Falcons.

This year ended Greg Olsen’s streak of three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. A broken foot limited Olsen to a career-low seven games in 2017. Even when he played Olsen wasn’t much help to fantasy owners, clearing 30 yards on just one occasion with his lone touchdown coming in Week 15. Olsen and the Panthers will begin their playoff run next week against New Orleans.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 08:15:00 PM

Greg Olsen caught 3-of-6 targets for 27 yards in the Panthers' Week 16 win over the Bucs.

The six targets were a team-high on a day Cam Newton attempted just 25 passes. Olsen will be back on the TE1 map next Sunday against the Falcons.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 05:16:00 PM

Greg Olsen caught 9-of-12 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 15 win over the Packers.

Olsen more than doubled his season totals across the board, finally welcoming himself to 2017. Olsen was left literally wide open more than once, including on his 30-yard touchdown. The Packers blitzed, left no safety help in the secondary and Olsen waltzed into the painted area. Olsen looked spry, seeming to be his usual self. He was not a "step slower," so to speak. He could stay hot for the fantasy finals in a mouthwatering matchup with the Bucs.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 04:44:00 PM

Greg Olsen played 59-of-64 (92 percent) snaps Week 14 against the Vikings.

Olsen briefly left after getting his surgically-repaired foot rolled up, but he only ended up missing a few snaps. The snap share is good to see, but Olsen was only targeted once in the win and did not come down with the pass. Coach Ron Rivera said after the game Olsen's "role will expand," but it will be tough to trust him as a starting option in the fantasy semifinals.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 09:11:00 AM

Greg Olsen was held without a catch on one target in the Panthers' Week 14 win over the Vikings.

Cam Newton attempted just 25 passes, completing 13, so there wasn't all that much to go around. Olsen still didn't look right in his return from a foot issue. He had to leave in the first half and missed one drive while he was limping and getting his foot re-taped on the sideline. Olsen is impossible to trust as a fantasy playoffs starter next week against the Packers at home.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 04:47:00 PM

Greg Olsen (foot) is active for Week 14 against the Vikings.

He was listed questionable but was never in danger of sitting. Olsen has a tough matchup but is on the back end of the TE1 map. Inactive for Carolina are QB Garrett Gilbert, CB Ladarius Gunter, FB Alex Armah, LB Shaq Thompson, OL Amini Silatolu, C Tyler Larsen, and DE Zach Moore.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 11:43:00 AM

Greg Olsen (questionable, foot) is expected to play Week 14 against the Vikings.

Ryan Kalil (neck) is also expected to play. Olsen is good to go after sitting out last week's game as a precautionary measure. The possibility of an in-game setback makes Olsen a risky fantasy bet, though with tight end looking extremely thin this week, he's worth a shot in most formats.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 07:58:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Cam Newton
2Garrett Gilbert
3Taylor Heinicke
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2C.J. Anderson
3Cameron Artis-Payne
4Elijah Hood
5Kenjon Barner
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Christian McCaffrey
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2C.J. Anderson
FB1Alex Armah
WR11Devin Funchess
2Jarius Wright
3Damiere Byrd
4Bug Howard
5Austin Duke
WR21D.J. Moore
2Torrey Smith
3Curtis Samuel
4Mose Frazier
5Fred Ross
WR31Torrey Smith
TE1Greg Olsen
2Chris Manhertz
3Ian Thomas
4Evan Baylis
5Jason Vander Laan
LT1Matt Kalil
2Blaine Clausell
LG1Amini Silatolu
2Jeremiah Sirles
C1Ryan Kalil
2Tyler Larsen
RG1Trai Turner
2Greg Van Roten
3Dorian Johnson
RT1Daryl Williams
2Taylor Moton
3Norman Price
K1Graham Gano